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Art A level at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

Art is a popular and high performing subject at Paston which encourages you to develop your own sense of artistic identity by providing you with the practical skills and research methods you need to be successful. Art is taught in a completely refurbished studio, with access to great resources and display opportunities.

Course content

AS Art

In your first year you will keep a work journal (sketchbook), develop ideas and analyse the work of a wide range of artists. This Fine Art course explores painting, printmaking, sculpture and experimental image making, using non-art materials and research into the work of artists geared towards helping you arrive at a finished piece of work that can be hung in an exhibition. You will be taught core fine art skills including life drawing and receive encouragement and support to develop your own areas of interest.

A level Art

The A Level Art course is designed to help you strengthen and deepen your own area of interest and specialism and build on the skills and knowledge you developed at AS. The work you do reflects your own interests and what you want to go on to study after A-level, be this architecture, fashion, textiles, fine art and much besides. Strong features of the course include portfolio preparation, helping students make applications, regular visits to art galleries in London and Europe and preparing for the prestigious Paston Art Show.

Entry requirements

BBCCC at GCSE including Art, English Language and either Mathematics or a science. 

There are access arrangements for students who have not studied Art at GCSE.


AS level

Component 1: 50% of total AS qualification. Supporting studies and practical work 

Component 2: 50% of total AS qualification. Preparatory studies and the 10 hour period of sustained focus under examination conditions. This will lead to a standalone AS qualification.



A level

Component 1: Personal Investigation. 60% of total qualification. This incorporates 3 elements; supporting studies, practical work and a personal study (1,000 word essay.)

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment. 40% of total qualification. This incorporates 2 elements; preparatory studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus (A finished piece of work completed under examination conditions ).

Future opportunities

Many students each year go directly on from Paston to university or art school all over the UK to continue their study of art. Those who wish to do so locally benefit from our Progression Accord with Norwich University of the Arts. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Paston Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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